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    data protection

    MPs have recently been calling for content platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google to take action to actively remove offensive content from their networks that may be considered extremist or hateful. News reports have commented on the comparatively swift action of social media platforms to remove materials that infringe intellectual property rights. Whilst the... Read more »

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    Following draft guidance published late last year, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has approved final versions of its guidance on data protection officers (DPOs), data portability, and the identification of a lead supervisory authority under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Data Protection Officers The guidance on DPOs summarises the key requirements under the... Read more »

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    As part of its on-going programme of guidance under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has published draft guidance on data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). Whilst DPIAs (or PIAs) have been advocated as best practice by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a number of years, anecdotal evidence... Read more »

    The post Carrying out Privacy Impact Assessments under the GDPR appeared first on blogs.


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    The WannaCry ransomware attack that sabotaged the IT systems of over 200,000 companies, including parts of the NHS, Telefonica and FedEx, once again underlines the increasing importance of cybersecurity across all employment sectors. The consequences of such attacks for companies can be devastating, leading to serious long-term economic and reputational harm. Cybersecurity is no longer... Read more »

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    The UK Government has committed to enact a new Data Protection Act which “will ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data”. What does the Bill cover? According to the explanatory policy paper that accompanied the Queen’s Speech, the new Bill will “ensure the UK has a data protection regime that... Read more »

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    The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), the grouping of representatives from national privacy regulators across the EU, has provided an update on its timetable for publishing further guidance under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The update is set out in a press release issued following the WP29’s June meeting. Guidance on Data Privacy Impact... Read more »

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    Following a series of court decisions earlier this year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued an updated version of its code of practice on Subject Access Requests (SARs). The revised code addresses a number of difficult issues in relation to SARs, including how the rules on disproportionate effort should be interpreted. Background Earlier this... Read more »

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    The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), the grouping of representatives from the various national privacy regulators in the EU, has issued an updated opinion on employee monitoring. Background WP29 opinions are not legally binding under EU data protection law, but do set out how the national privacy regulators (as a collective group) view how the... Read more »

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    This week the Fundraising Regulator launched the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). There is a lot of confusion over what the FPS is, who it applies to and what happens if charities don’t respect an individual’s preferences. What is the Fundraising Preference Service? The FPS is a service operated by the Fundraising Regulator. It is similar... Read more »

    The post Does the fundraising preference service apply to charities in Scotland? appeared first on blogs.


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    beer bottles

    The hugely successful Scottish-based brewery, BrewDog, have built a reputation on innovative and attention-grabbing product launches and brand names. They decided to take on the Elvis Presley Estate (Estate) in a controversial trade mark dispute relating to their Elvis Juice IPA. They have been defeated at the first stage decision at the UK Intellectual Property... Read more »

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  • 07/24/17--05:55: Using drones in Scotland
  • Brodies LLP Legal Insights - Drones in Scotland

    At the weekend, the UK Government announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses, with the aim of better regulating how drones are used in the UK. What rules currently apply to using drones in Scotland? Background Drones are, increasingly, a part of everyday life. They can be used for aerial photography, for... Read more »

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